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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Bernie Sanders
U.S. Senator (I- Vermont)
CSPAN2 09/23/2015
Sanders: In Vermont and New Hampshire on issues of civil liberties and privacy rights I think we feel very very strongly about, perhaps stronger than many parts of the country. I have honestly heard people say to me in terms of the NSA and so forth, they say well, the NSA is tapping my phone, they’re listening to what I say and I don't really care, I'm not a terrorist, what do I care. I think that’s a pretty sad statement. I think that privacy rights, the right to know you can lead your life, you can read whatever you want to read, that's your business and it's not the government's business. And by the way, it's not just the government, it’s not corporate business as well. They have more information -- [applause] >> I want you to know a couple of things. It is clear to everybody or should be that technology has far outpaced public policy.
Bernie Sanders
U.S. Senator (I- Vermont)
CSPAN2 09/23/2015
Sanders: Alright. You know that this little thing-a-ma-jig here, this little cell phone enables somebody to know exactly where I am at this moment. Right? That's a fact. And between the government intercepting your phone calls and logging them and between corporate America knowing everything you buy or maybe getting into your medical records and into your banking records, I think we have seen a huge invasion of civil liberties and our constitutional rights and American privacy. So let me just say there -- this to you, you’re looking at a guy when it was not popular this was after 9/11. I voted against the USA Patriot Act. [applause] >> and that wasn't popular.
Bernie Sanders
U.S. Senator (I- Vermont)
CSPAN2 09/23/2015
Sanders: And I voted and I voted against the reauthorization of the patriot act because I believe -- this is what I believe. Do I believe that terrorism is a real threat to the country, I sure I will do. There are people out there who do want to hurt us, and we’ve got to do everything we can to protect our people. But I happened to believe that we can do that without undermining the constitution of the United States and the privacy rights of the American people. Thank you for the question. There's an enormous amount of work that has to be done. Public policy has not kept up with technology. It’s tough stuff. Technology is exploding every single day. But in my view, the American people should be allowed to live their lives without the government and corporate America knowing as much about their lives as they currently do.
Bernie Sanders
U.S. Senator (I- Vermont),
CNNW 10/13/2015
Cooper: Senator Sanders, you're the only one on this stage who voted against The Patriot Act. Sanders: Was it 99 to 1? Applause. Cooper: And the reauthorization votes. Let me ask you, if elected, would you shut down the NSA surveillance program? Sanders: I’m sorry. Cooper: Would you shut down the NSA surveillance program? Sanders: Absolutely, of course. Cooper: You would? Sanders: Well, I would shut down, I would shut down what exists right now is that virtually every telephone call in this country ends up in a file at the NSA. That is unacceptable to me. But it's not just government surveillance. I think the government is involved in our e-mails, is involved in our web sites, corporate America is doing it as well. If we are a free country, we have the right to be free. Yes, we have to defend ourselves against terrorism, but there are ways to do that without impinging on our constitutional rights and our privacy rights.
Bernie Sanders
U.S. Senator (I- Vermont),
CNNW 10/13/2015
Cooper: Senator Sanders? Edward Snowden? Sanders: I think Snowden played a very important role in educating the American people to the degree tin which our civil liberties and our Constitutional rights are being under minded. Cooper: Is he a hero? Sanders: He did break the law and I think there should be a penalty to that but I think what he did in educating us should be taken into consideration before he is (inaudible).
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